Joseph Lea holds a BA in Economics (St. Anslem College), a JD in Law (Catholic University) a LLM in International law (University of Notre Dame), and Connecticut teaching certifications in History/Social Studies and as a Library Media Specialist. He began his education career at the York Correctional Institution for women as a teacher in 1995 and became the library media specialist in 2003. At York CI, he has also coordinated the arts programming at the prison. In 2006 he took a sabbatical from York CI to pursue an MA Degree program in Applied Theatre at the University of Manchester in England. His dissertation was entitled The Role of Audience as Witness in Prison Performance. In 2007, he was invited to lead a panel at the Arts in Criminal Justice national conference. In 2008 he served on the organizational committee for the Building Bridges: Women Prison and the Arts Conference held at Trinity College and in the spring of 2008 he was an adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State University where he taught a course entitled The Art of Correction.
Henry Valdez is the director of the Administrative Office of the District Attorneys. Prior to this for 16 years, Henry held the office of District Attorney of the 1st Judicial District which encompasses Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos Counties.
Peggy was the subject of Healing Voices - Personal Stories first film, "Peggy's Story". At that time she was a Development Fundraiser at Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe, NM. She is an excellent speaker and has presented programs throughout the state of New Mexico and Texas.
Diane Moore has worked in the field of domestic and sexual violence for thirty-one years and serves as the Executive Director of Advocates Building Peaceful Communities in Routt County. Ms. Moore was previously employed by the Routt County Department of Human Services and the Denver Department of Human Services. Areas of expertise include: child protection, intensive family treatment, and specialized foster care. In addition Ms. Moore worked as a community organizer with a crime prevention program with the Denver District Attorney’s office. She has been designated as an expert in intimate partner violence, as well as impact on children; sexual violence, and stalking in Routt, Moffat, and Grand County Courts. Ms. Moore is a trained mediator and is a member of the local debriefing team. Awards and recognition include: COVA, Outstanding Victim Advocate Award, 1992; CCADV, Outstanding Advocate Award, 2003; Yampa Valley Business & Professional Women, Woman of the Year Award, 1993; and Doc Willett Health Care Heritage Award, Health Care Community Advocate, 2013. Diane has presented locally and nationally.
Alicia Smith spent her career engaged in public policy with a focus on human services. She served in a variety of positions in the consolidated human services agency in Florida during the 1970s and 1980s and then spent a decade working with the nation’s Governors assisting them in developing human services policy and representing their interests before Congress and the various Administrations.
In 1993, Alicia started a consulting firm dedicated to working with states to develop and finance their Medicaid programs. She started a second firm in 2000 and sold the company in 2011. Now retired, Alicia is living in Santa Fe and working with different non-profit groups. She sits on the Board of Futures for Children, a New Mexico based mentoring program for Native American children.
Her interest in domestic violence stems from her years of work in human services where she saw the devastating impacts on both the victims and their families. She is excited to be working with Healing Voices—Personal Stories, first as a board member and now on the advisory board.
Christy has been a board member/treasurer of Healing Voices - Personal Stories and now continues on the advisory board. She has over fourteen years of experience in the non-profit world, and six years of experience working in Domestic Violence. She worked with the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence for over two years as the finance director. She previously worked at Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families in Santa Fe, New Mexico as the Finance Coordinator, Assistant Director and Interim Director. Her previous professional experience includes Finance Director for the Monterey History and Art Association in Monterey, California and the Finance Director for the national Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California.
She is currently the Accounting and Human Resources Manager for the Life Link in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
OUR ADVISORY BOARD.
Rev. Marsie Silvestro is an internationally known author, composer, artist, motivational speaker, counselor, spiritual director and consultant. She is recognized locally and nationally for her leadership positions in non-profit, business and politics. Marsie has received numerous state and national awards for her domestic violence, trauma informed and social justice work. For over 10 years, Marsie has served as Campus Chaplain at both the University of Detroit, a Jesuit University, and Manhattan College, a Christian Brother’s College in NYC, where she spearheaded the creation of Campus Ministry Centers on both these campuses. Marsie also served as the National Director of the Women’s Ordination Conference and a Production Manager in the first woman-owned printing company in the nation. Her career includes tenure as the Executive Director of Domestic Violence agencies such as Gloucester Prevention Services in Gloucester, Massachusetts , A Safe Place in Portsmouth, NH and at Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families in Santa Fe, NM .
Marsie has published three poetry books: “Feast of Sisterly Trance Formation” “Grief Walks Through Me Like A Rake” and “The Sky Is My Ocean.” She has facilitated multiple workshops and retreats using writing, music and art as a genre for healing victims of domestic abuse, PTSD and for personal empowerment of women, men and children.Marsie has also produced 4 CD’s of original music “Circling Free” “Crossing the Lines” “On the Other Side” and “In Avalon”. Her music has been sung in almost every country of the world. Rev. Silvestro was ordained in 1999 and holds a BA in Fine Arts and Theology and an M.Ed in Pastoral Ministry.
Lynette Montoya is a founding member of Healing Voices - Personal Stories. She is currently the President of the Latino Hotel Association. She has been actively involved in the building and business sectors on the local and national levels for more than 20 years. Lynette began her career as Marketing Director for an architectural firm. She was the founder of the Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and served as its Executive Director. She has also held the position of Director of Economic Development for the City of Santa Fe and was instrumental in the city's adoption of the 2030 Challenge. Working with HUD, Ms. Montoya facilitated a partnership among HUD, the Enterprise Foundation, Rural Community Assistance Corporation and The Housing Assistance Council to provide affordable housing services to the citizens of New Mexico.
As President of Global Hotel for 12 years, Ms. Montoya worked with clients throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her volunteer work includes co-chairmanship of the Buckaroo Ball, which raises and distributes funds to non-profits serving Santa Fe's youth. Lynette also served for twelve years on the Board for Youth Shelters and Family Services.